Born: 1878, Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Baptised: 31st March 1878, Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Died: 22nd April 1901; age 23; Died of Disease, at Charleston, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Residence: George Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Occupation: Mat Weaver.

Enlistment date: 30th November 1896.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 4517.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1901 medal.




1881   Wilson’s Cottages, Angel Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk.


Harry was 3 years old and living with his parents, brother & widowed, maternal grandmother.

William Corder, 24, a Cocoa Mat Weaver, born Hadleigh.

Jane Corder (nee Scowen), 24, born Hadleigh.

Charles William Corder, 11 months, born Hadleigh.

Maria Scowen (nee Seager), 64, formerly a Nurse, born Kersey, Suffolk.


1891   George Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk.


Harry was 13 years old, a Mat Weaver’s Assistant. He was living with his parents, siblings & maternal grandmother.

William, 34, a Mat Maker.

Jane, 34.

Charles, 10, a Backhouse Boy – Domestic.

Ellen Maud Corder, 8, born Hadleigh.

Ernest Edward Corder, 3, born Hadleigh.

William Turner Corder, 1, born Hadleigh.

Maria Scowen, 76.


Soldiers’ Effects to William Corder – father.


Harry’s brother, Ernest Edward Corder lost his life during the First World War, on the 12th February 1918, from Pneumonia. He was ranked a Private, service number 17546, for the Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion. Ernest was laid to rest at Taranto Town Cemetery Extension, Puglia, Italy. He was 30 years old, married with a young son.

One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was originally called Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. The Suffolks were met by a storm of bullets. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.

The Boer War.

Suffolk Regiment 

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